OK, let me start off by saying that since I learned about Lead Small from my church, the video and initial appearance of this chat has a religious feel. However, it is the pedagogy of this movement happening in churches, that I feel could have a huge impact on schools and education.
The essential question:
What happens when schools stop trying to get every teacher to connect to every student, but rather strategically connect specific educators to small groups of students?
How are we, as teachers, the most effective? Instead of trying to be everything to every student, I believe our goal should be to help students find a caring adult with whom they can connect. Whether it’s a teacher, coach, or counselor…schools need to proactively place mentors in the lives of their students. Rita Pierson says “every child needs a champion.” However, I would add that a single teacher cannot effectively be the champion for every student.
On Tuesday, Nov 4th at 9pm CST, #Edbean will discuss how schools can move away from where we are now, to a culture where deeper relationships between adults and students are created. Take a look at the video. With simple word changes, we can take Reggie Joiners message to churches, and apply them to schools.
“The best thing you can do for a kid and teenager is to give them someone who believes in them and somewhere to belong.”
“Connecting kids and teenagers to a consistent leader who believes in [THEM], is something [SCHOOLS] can do.”
“But this also means that many [SCHOOLS] have to shift away from a traditional classroom model that puts kids into a room simply to teach them.”
“The best place for kids and teenagers to grow [FILL IN THE BLANK…MENTALLY, ACADEMICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, SPIRITUALLY] is in the context of relationships.”
I am sure that each of us can point to an important adult in our lives as we grew up. As teachers, we hope to have an impact in the lives of our students. I believe that by moving to a Lead Small model of education, we can do more than hope. Schools can help teachers and students build intentional, meaningful relationships!
Check out the questions for this week’s chat. Feel free to post your thoughts below in the comments!
Q1: Besides your parents, who was at least one of the adults in your life who made a strong impact? What was it about him/her?
Q2: Relational-Driven Education? Is our job simply to teach content or to build relationships with Ss? How does one serve the other?
Q3: Ts want to make an impact on as many Ss as we can. What are the pros and cons of trying to connect with every student?
Q4: Lead Small emphasizes that we can connect in a deeper way, if we target a small # of Ss. What are the pros & cons of Lead Small?
Q5: The key to Lead Small is about being intentional. What are some ideas for creating a Lead Small culture in our schools?
Q6: The key adult in a student’s life may not be a teacher. How can schools help connect Ss to other adults who can make an impact?
Q7: We all have stories of connections being made with Ss. Share a time when the importance of building relationships was made clear.
See you Tuesday night on Twitter!